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BOE finds fix for Roosevelt air conditioning

1/7/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

The broken air conditioning unit at Roosevelt Elementary School should be repaired in time for warmer weather.

The Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted 5-0 Tuesday night to accept a bid of $39,900 from Glassman Corp. for a compressor replacement.

Board member Josh Waddell was absent, and Danielle Lang abstained from voting and left the room during the discussion to avoid a conflict of interest. Lang works for Glassman.

Administrators first reported the broken unit to the board in July. The board voted during the summer to rent a portable chiller from Glassman for the warm fall months at approximately $30,000 to $35,000, while district staff investigated options.

The board voted in October to ask for bids for a 100-ton compressor with a rebuilt unit, with a Feb. 7 completion date.

Superintendent Dean Katt said Glassman staff will rebuild the unit's starters rather than ordering new ones that might delay the project, "so we should meet the timeline."

In her financial report, business manager Tracy Kaiser said in addition to direct deposit, the district now is using direct check, a debit card, for payroll for people who don't have a checking account.

"That should eliminate the paper checks that we're currently giving from payroll," Kaiser said.

Darren Schumacher, BOE vice president, said eliminating paper checks should be a cost-savings effort.

"Our company shifted to those a couple of years ago, and the savings was significant," he said.

Kaiser said she didn't have a savings estimate yet.

In other business, Katt reported he accepted a bid of $9,470 from Commercial Builders for the Victory Road turnaround to accommodate O'Loughlin Elementary School traffic. No date has been set for construction.

The board approved personnel transactions, but they were not made available to the public.